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Frontiers of Economics in China

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Front Econ Chin    2011, Vol. 6 Issue (3) : 447-463    https://doi.org/10.1007/s11459-011-0141-5
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Labor Mobility, Marketization and Urban Income Change: Potential Rural-Urban Harmonization or Not
Kunrong Shen1(), Jixiang Yu2(), Jian Li3()
1. School of Economics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; 2. Economy and Trade Department, Anhui Science and Technology University, Fengyang 233100, China; 3. School of Economics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
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Abstract

Previous literature omitted marketization process, a distinct phenomenon in transitional China, when the relationship between immigrants and indigenous urban income is investigated. We find that (1) marketization is a key factor of rural-urban harmonization; (2) segmentation of labor market has no real effect on urban income change since it may be evaded partly by rural labor; (3) the key determinants of urban income change are the cross effect between marketization and mobility, openness, and government spending; and (4) the marginal effect of immigrants is positive in some regions although it is averagely negative during the sample period. Rural-urban harmonization is totally possible if marketization process continues.

Keywords labor mobility      urban income      marketization      segmentation      ruralurban harmonization     
Corresponding Authors: Kunrong Shen,Email:shenkr@nju.edu.cn; Jixiang Yu,Email:yvjx@163.com; Jian Li,Email:lijiansid@gmail.com   
Issue Date: 05 September 2011
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Kunrong Shen,Jixiang Yu,Jian Li. Labor Mobility, Marketization and Urban Income Change: Potential Rural-Urban Harmonization or Not[J]. Front Econ Chin, 2011, 6(3): 447-463.
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http://academic.hep.com.cn/fec/EN/Y2011/V6/I3/447
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